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Celtic have added to Ange Postecoglou’s staff by bringing former Tottenham Hotspur man Anton McElhone as head of sports science.

The Herald report that Postecoglou has made his first staff move by deciding to lure McElhone to Parkhead.

Postecoglou has so far worked with the existing staff at Celtic, such as John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan.

The Australian now has a new face though with McElhone replacing Jack Nayler at Celtic. Nayler left for RB Leipzig in June.

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Who is Celtic new man Anton McElhone?

The 40-year-old’s biggest role came at Tottenham Hotspur.

McElhone worked as a development fitness and conditioning coach from 2007 to 2011 before a promotion.

McElhone was rated so highly at Tottenham that Brad Friedel then took him to New England Revolution in 2018.

Combining roles Head of Fitness and Conditioning as well as being Assistant Coach, McElhone worked closely with boss Friedel.

McElhone then became assistant manager at Bradford City in December 2018. That came under David Hopkin, and the pair reunited at Greenock Morton in 2019.

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What has been said about McElhone?

Hopkin is a huge fan, telling Morton’s official website that McElhone is ‘fantastic’ and ‘intense’ in his work.

McElhone’s LinkedIn page also has praise from now-Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino, having worked together at Tottenham.

McElhone’s experience both in terms of fitness training and being an assistant manager makes him an interesting appointment for Celtic, and he should offer plenty to Postecoglou.

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